15 Beautiful Churches and Synagogues in Muslim Countries You Should Know About

From the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to his rightly guided Caliphs to the Ottoman empire, the tradition of coexistence with other faiths has been passed down from generation to generation to these days. The idea that non-Muslims living in predominantly Muslims countries are persecuted is far from the truth.

In fact, many non-Muslim sites of worship thrive in majority dominated Muslim countries. And here is a fun fact, several of these churches, synagogues and temples have been renovated by Muslims. Check out these 15 beautiful churches and synagogues in predominantly Muslim countries.

1. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast 

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2. The Algazi Synagogue in Izmir, Turkey

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3. El Ghriba Synagogue in Tunisia 


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4. The Synagogue of Kef in Tunisia 


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5. The Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul, Turkey 

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6. St Mark’s Cathedral In Cairo, Egypt


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7. The Gracanica Monastery in Kosovo 


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8. The Cathedral Sacre-Coeur in Casablanca, Morocco

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9. St Anthony of Padua Church in Istanbul, Turkey

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10. The Patriarchal Basilica of St. George in Fenerbahçe, Turkey



11. St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Aktobe City, Kazakhstan


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 12. The National Church of Nigeria in Abuja

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13. The Virgin Mary Assyrian Church in Istanbul, Turkey 


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14. The Church of Saint Benoit in Istanbul, Turkey 

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15. Our Lady of Victories Cathedral in Dakar, Senegal


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 Which would you like to visit one day? 

Written by Papatia Feauxzar

Papatia Feauxzar

Papatia Feauxzar is an accountant, an avid reader and writer living in Dallas, Texas with her nuclear family. She blogs at papatia.wordpress.com. Papatia feels blessed by the Almighty to be able to work in accounting from home while she raises her young son, pens and reads him stories.

  • Gabriel

    In the case of Egypt and Turkey, you should write “Christian lands stolen by muslims”. Actually you should show the mosques in these lands. Christian NATIVES of so-called Turkey and Egypt are very tolerant with Muslim INVADERS and they even allow them to have mosques in their Christian lands.